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Title: The inquisition in Malta (2) : a man and his problems
Authors: Bonnici, Alexander
Keywords: Malta -- History -- Inquisition, 1561-1798
Malta -- History -- Knights of Malta, 1530-1798
Catholic Church -- Discipline
Inquisition -- Malta
Issue Date: 1982
Publisher: Gulf Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Bonnici, A. (1982). The inquisition in Malta (2) : a man and his problems. Civilization, 2, 51-54.
Abstract: The estabishment of the Holy Inquisition in Malta ushered a series of 62 Inquisitors, who were Apostolic Delegates as well. They were Ministers or Delegates of the Pope in Malta. But, as an Apostolic Delegate, this Prelate had a more limited exercise of authority. The Holy See often sent trustworthy persons to Malta. Some of them were still very young and they assessed their ability in handling an important Tribunal on an Island which did not create difficult problems. Many of them did not disappoint their authorities in Rome. They proved to be universally important for the Church. Two Inquisitors of Malta merited to be the Supreme Pastors of the Church. One of them is Pope Alexander VII who was in charge of the Inquisition Tribunal in Malta under the name of Fabio Chigi (1634 -1639). The other was Pope Innocent XII who as Antonio Pignatelli presided over the Maltese Tribunal for about two and a half years (1646 -1649). Over 20 others were .created Cardinals, and many were chosen as Bishops or Archbishops. Most Inquisitors carried out their duties as it was expected of them. That is why they were raised to such high position in the Church. Few Inquisitors failed to prove themselves suitable for posts of full responsibility. Such was the case of Inquisitors Giovanbattista Gori Pannellini (1639- 1646) and Giulio Degli Oddi (1655 -1658). There was also one case in which the Inquisitor proved to be the dishonour of the Tribunal. His name was Leonello Della Corbara (1608), an Inquisitor who, just after few months, was called back to Rome. Thus, Inquisition history in Malta proves to be most varied in spite of its inherent limitations.
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